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come at a price

To have a negative or unpleasant consequence due to some action. I got the promotion, but it came at a price, as my ruthless behavior alienated a lot of people. That skateboard jump sure came at a price, now that you have two broken legs.
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come at a price

to include disadvantages in order to get what you want The company's success was made possible by the country's rulers, but their support comes at a price.
Usage notes: sometimes used without come: Following the recommendation would have increased teamwork, but at a price.
See also: come, price